Kirk Captures 88th Carolina's Women's Amateur Championship

UABSPORTS.COM Rising senior Katie Kirk
Rising senior Katie Kirk

May 22, 2014

MURELLS INLET, S.C. - East Carolina rising senior Katie Kirk carded a 1-over 73 to claim the 88th Carolina's Women's Amateur Championship Thursday at the par-72, 5,842-yard Wachesaw Plantation Club.

Kirk, who claimed her first Carolina Golf Association (CGA) major championship title, birdied the par-5 18th hole finishing with a three-day score of 220 (74-73-73). The Davidson, N.C. native hit her approach shot to within a foot for a tap-in birdie finishing one-shot ahead of Bailey Cocca (221) and Tiffany Robbins (221).

"When I was standing on the 18th tee I knew I had to make a birdie to win," Kirk said. "I just told myself to play the hole as I've done all week."

When asked how Kirk felt after she saw her wedge shot come to rest within inches of the hole, "It was awesome! I've always wanted to win a CGA championship. I've had a great week. I can't wait to come back next year."

Back to back defending champion, Katie Rose Higgins finished in fourth place with a score of 224.

Fellow Pirate Lane Gakeler finished in a four-way tie for 10th with a tournament score of 228.

This championship is the premier stroke play event for women from around the Carolinas (North and South Carolina) and is open to all CGA women members from all ages and abilities. This is the most historic women's amateur championship in the Carolinas, which was first conducted by the Women's Carolinas Golf Association in 1922. The Women's Carolinas Golf Association turned over the responsibilities of their association and this championship over to the Carolinas Golf Association back in 2012.

The championship, which was conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association, is in its 105th year of serving amateur golf in the Carolinas.

Championship (Final Results)
1. Katie Kirk, Davidson, N.C. (74-73-73=220)
T2. Bailey Cocca, Myrtle Beach, S.C. (76-71-74=221)
T2. Tiffany Robbins, Fort Mill, S.C. (75-73-73=221)
4. Katie Rose Higgins, Charleston, S.C. (71-76-77=224)
T5. Dawn Woodard, Greer, S.C. (73-77-75=225)
T5. Sarah Bae, Cary, N.C. (80-74-71=225)
T5. Savannah Hallman, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (73-78-74=225)
8. Taylor Dodson, Aiken, S.C. (79-74-74=227)
9. Ashley Thompson, Clyde, N.C. (72-81-75=228)
T10. Emily Brooks, Chapel Hill, N.C. (72-79-78=229)
T10. Juliana Sebastian, Columbia, S.C. (79-74-76=229)
T10. Lane Gakeler, Greensboro, N.C. (75-79-75--229
T10. Sarah Bertram, Concord, N.C. (76-77-76=229)